Piaggio MP3 500
Three-wheeled scooter for extra stability
Unlike other scooters, Piaggio's MP3 lineup has two wheels in front. They're closely spaced, with a special suspension that allows them to lean into turns like a single wheel. Testers say the MP3 feels more stable than a two-wheeler, with better traction and braking. Piaggio offers two smaller, less expensive MP3 scooters, but reviewers recommend the big MP3 500 most often. It's a comfortable touring scooter like the Honda Silver Wing (MSRP: $8,500 to $9,000), but with a Darth Vader-esque matte-black exterior. This 493 cc scooter claims better gas mileage (55 to 57 mpg) than the Silver Wing displays, while still reaching a top speed of 89 mph. Like the Silver Wing, though, testers say the MP3 500 skimps on storage space.
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